**A Year of Greater
April 14, 2017**

*Hebrews 12:2
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”*

In order for Jesus to overcome going to the cross for you and I, taking on the sins of the entire world, He had to fix His eyes.  Jesus chose to see beyond the cross.   Seeing beyond the cross, we are told, brought Him joy.  Joy is the first sign that grace is at work in ones life.  Grace is God’s power, ability and capacity.  It allows you to sing when you are locked in the inner prison, to say *you are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter of mine head, when 10,000 come against you!*  For you to experience greater today - for greater to be a part of your life - you’ll need to fix your eyes… not on the trouble, not on how bad the situation may look, not even on what others may be saying!   What brought Jesus such joy that the shame, the pain and the whole event of the cross wasn’t going to be His focus?  That joy was and still is YOU and I.   The joy of knowing that man would be set free from sin and all of the toll it had been taking on mankind; the joy that a relationship with a Heavenly family would be restored where God is our Father.  Storms would be stilled and healing could now be experienced.  Goodness and mercy would follow you all the days of your life.  This is what brought Jesus such joy.  Jesus meditated on this… He used His imagination.  He imagined you and I free, delivered and whole.  By doing this, it carried Him beyond the cross to the place of sitting down at the right of His Father; the place set aside for Him.   There’s a place set aside for you this year - Greater is reserved for you!   To get there, fix your eyes on Jesus, imagine your life, your family, your marriage your health – greater this day…this year.  See yourself free from worry, pain and fear.  If you’ll do that it will take you beyond what you may feel is your cross experience.  The reality of joy unspeakable and full of glory will happen.  So come on…drop the debate - start to meditate!  Greater is waiting for you… imagine it!  Enter now into the joy of the Lord… it will take you to greater!


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